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Mar 26, 2013 11:00am PDT
the justices consider the defense of marriage act, the 1996 law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in their states. >> inside the court for today's argument, white house senior advisor and chief justice john roberts' first cousin, a lesbian, who wants do marry her partner of four years. live in washington at the supreme court for abc7 news. back to you. >> thank you. cameras are not allowed in the court but the supreme court has released audio of the hearing. the lawyer defending prop 8 faced tough questions from the justices. >> what harm you see happening and when and how and what harm to the institution of marriage or to opposite sex couples, how does this cause and effect work? >> once again, i would reiterate we don't believe that's the correct legal question before the court. that the correct question is, whether or not redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would advance the interests of marriage. >> are you conceding the point that there is no harm or denigration to traditional opposite sex marriage couples? you are concede that? >>
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Mar 20, 2013 1:05am PDT
being deported. >> we were talking about the law and it is to the fair. >> this fourth grade class at jefferson elementary is learning a very personal lesson on immigration law. >> we thought the law was supposed to protect us and help us go to school, but look what happened to rodrigo. please help us bring him back. >> they lobbied the city council to pass a resolution to send to congress in support of bringing home their classmate, 10-year-old rodrigo. their visas expired while visiting family in mexico. on january 10th, the u.s. customs officers denied their re-entry and sent them back to mexico with a five-year wait to reapply for new visas. >> what about rodrigo? who is fighting for rodrigo? we need to fight for rodrigo's rights. >> in the first berkeley council skypeession, session, joined h joined his classmates. >> thank you, everyone, for what you are doing to try and get me home. >> the students wrote letters to their congressional representatives and the president asking for a waiver called humanitarian parole. >> we are just fourth grade kids, but you are doing a big thing
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Mar 25, 2013 11:00am PDT
gun laws are getting lauder and more expensive. a new push by new york mayor bloomberg to promote gun control. >> prince harry is coming to america, the one place >> new york's millionaire mayor bible -- bloomberg is starting an ad campaign to encourage gun control. >> congress is ready to take up new gun control measures. opponents and supporters are gearing up for a fight. >> this is what the survivors want. this is what the public wants. >> it doing in to anyone but slows down law abiding. ought senate will debate a bill to crackdown on gun trafficking and provide additional funding for school safety. what the bill will not include, is a ban on military-style assault weapons. those in favor of stricter gun laws are getting a big lift from new york city mayor bloomberg who has pour $12 million his personal fortune into tv commercials in a dozen state targeting waivering lawmakers. >> i believe in the 2nd amendment and will future for it but with rights come responsibility which is why i support comprehensive background checks. >> the latest washington post/abc news poll show tha
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Mar 19, 2013 11:00pm PDT
being deported. >> we were talking about the law and it is to the fair. >> this fourth grade class at jefferson elementary is learning a very personal lesson on immigration law. >> we thought the law was supposed to protect us and help us go to school, but look what happened to rodrigo. please help us bring him back. >> they lobbied the city council to pass a resolution to send to congress in support of bringing home their classmate, 10-year-old rodrigo. their visas expired while visiting family in mexico. on january 10th, the u.s. customs officers denied their re-entry and sent them back to mexico with a five-year wait to reapply for new visas. >> what about rodrigo? who is fighting for rodrigo? we need to fight for rodrigo's rights. >> in the first berkeley council skype session, rodrigo joined his classmates. >> thank you, everyone, for what you are doing to try and get me home. >> the students wrote letters to their congressional representatives and the president asking for a waiver called humanitarian parole. >> we are just fourth grade kids, but you are doing a big thing. tha
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Mar 21, 2013 4:00pm PDT
$165,000 a year and 10 weeks paid vacation. >> colorado governor signed a bill into law allowing civil unions for gay couples. nine states allow gay marriage. >> and they're about to head to washington for culmination of a debate starting in san francisco. >> it's been an incredible experience, turning out to be historic one. >> chris perry ask sandy steer are one of the two couples behind the lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage. since the passage in 2008, polls show sentiment has shifted. president obama now supports marriage for the nation's gays and lesbians and his administration has filed a brief with the u.s. supreme court. >> if we're successful and prevail, and no lower court rulings are reversed and prop 8 goes away. >> that is our fwo. it will send a message to the country. >> but will not change the minds minds of critics like bill may. >> not about same-sex marriages. it's about the question of whether marriage should be redefined. >> this berkeley couple says they aren't trying to redefine marriage but have access to it. justices are expected to rule by
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Mar 22, 2013 5:00am PDT
. to determine if any laws have been broken. >> president obama is wrapping up his visit to israel by paying respects to heroes of the percent state and victims of the holocaust and visiting the birthplace of jesus and he will travel to jordan to meet with a top ally in the region. we are joined live from washington, dc with more from our reporter there. >> good morning, kristen. a busy and historic three days if president obama in the middle east. today he holds final meetings with the israelis and palestinians. >> on the final day in israel, president obama paid tribute to the history of the jewish people laying wreaths at the graves of israeli cultural icons and remembers victims of the holocaust on a tour of a memorial in israel. >> they were men and women and children, so many children, sent to their deaths because of who they were, how they prayed or who they loved. >> the trip has been rich with symbolism. he reaffirmed the united states alliance in a send off toast with israeli leaders. in a speech to israeli college students the president tried to rekindle hope that peace wit
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Mar 22, 2013 11:00am PDT
"usa today" that to legalize marriage between two people of the same sex would enshrine in the law the principle that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant. he also says a court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage may only intensify the debate. you can see his interview with the archbishop this afternoon going on abc7 news starting at 4:00. >> five bay area police departments are now in the middle of a 24 hour tweet athen, the palo alto, east palo alto, fremont, mountain view, and los gatos police departments are participating in the event with 160 agencies taking part. they are tweeting of service calls to increase awareness of police work and their issues. fremont police tweeted "call a man in 50's down on a bench waving his arms and moaning, fire and p.d. on the scene." hashtag, poltwt and that is a hashtag they use, poltwt, on twitter you can follow us for news any time at abc7 news abc7news.com rather, abc7 news bay area. >> the cruise ship owned by carnival arrived a few hours ago and it was all supplies in spite of the troubles we heard on other cruises. abc7 ne
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Mar 19, 2013 4:30am PDT
better part of the evening. at midnight the cold front will sweep law and we could have a real short period of steady, light rain, and scattered showers for tomorrow. still looking at rainfall amounts on the very low side around .05" in the south bay and maybe up to 1" in the north bay mountains but that is generous. temperatures are cooler tomorrow and then the 60's and 70's come back through the weekend and into next week. sue? >> a nice live shot for the commute across the san mateo bridge from hayward to foster city. the tail lights on the flat section headed westbound, everyone is moving at the limit at 15-minute drive from both sides of the bay. otherwise, we are looking at the road work or your drive from the central valley right now, you can see the yellow road censors slowing through the altamont pass and it picks up at the limit all the way to dublin/pleasanton interchange. now we will look at the road work on the south bay peninsula side, 101 northbound, from ellis to moffitt in lanes for another 15 minutes. >> new details of florida where police say a potential campus mas
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Mar 23, 2013 5:00pm PDT
mother-in-law during an attempted robbery was shot and killed in san leandro. the 33-year-old man was shot in the chest around 9:00 last night. police say the man's mother-in-law wag outside of her home, unloading items from her vehicle, when two people preached her. one suspect shot the man and then sped away in a dark-colored sedan. >>> a statewide manhunt is on for a san jose man wanted in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend. police are looking for juan ramirez. he is accused of the stabbing yesterday afternoon in san jose. investigators released new details today, saying ramirez confronted his former girlfriend, sandra cruz gonsales, in a parking hat and they began to argue. they previously dated and broke up two years ago. police are familiar with the couple. >> gone out, dealt with not only the suspect but the victim to the point where she probably got direction from the police department or the d.a.'s office and filled out a restraining order against the suspect. >> ama: for several hours police searched for ramirez. they went door-to-door checking houses. police believe ra
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Mar 25, 2013 4:00am PDT
the senators this is what the survivors want, what the public wants. >> it slows down the law-abiding and does nothing to anyone else. >> reporter: the bill includes background checks for all gun purchases. tougher penalties for gun trafficking, and more money for school safety. >> with rights come responsibilities. >> reporter: this new ad on the air in 13 states wants voters to make their voices heard, adding pressure on key republicans and democrats to get on board. >> that's why i support background checks so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can't buy guns. >> reporter: 90% of americans support universal checks. but advocates for gun owners say they won't solve the problem. >> this is prompted by the sandy hook murders. those guns. >> reporter: colleaguely purchased with background check. this would not have solved something like that. >> reporter: the nra wants to improve the current system and enforce laws on the books. members of congress are in their home districts for two weeks, plenty of time to hear from constituents. >> back to the key pro vision left out of the
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Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
ban from playing soccer for his country. >> california law enforcement wants to crackdown on distracting driving but some say it will not work. >> we have a live look outside, remark is moving on our walnut creek traffic camera, traffic and weather together are next as the abc7 morn >> we are back at 6:10. temperatures are cooler just about everywhere but oak is the same. fairfield is a degree warmer. novato is 11 degrees cooler than yesterday. same at half moon bay. san jose is about four degrees cooler. 44 in san jose and hair and concord. 47 in san francisco. upper 30's throughout the north bay valley. temperatures today under increasing high clouds in the upper 50's to low 50's into san francisco and mid-to-upper 60's around the bay and upper 60's to near 70 inland. sue? >> we are going out of the south bay with reports of an accident getting an upstate from the c.h.p. westbound 237 or off of west 237 in the lawrence expressway surface street so getting an update from c.h.p. and not affecting 237 but you will find slow traffic in that area across from 237. still, very slo
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Mar 26, 2013 7:00am PDT
acquittal was a rare mix of violation of the law and illogicalness, saying the judge who acquitted them had quote lost his way. a difficult day for both families today. it also happens to be sollecito's 29th birthday. no word on whether knox and sollecito have had any contact since the news broke. george? >> okay, thank you, lama. let's get more from amanda knox's attorney ted simon. good morning, ted. thank you for joining us. as we said, you broke the news to amanda this morning. how did she take it? >> well, let's be clear. carlo dalla vedova broke the news to amanda this morning. yes, amanda took it -- it was painful. she's issued a statement it was very painful to receive that difficult news. we were certainly hopeful that the supreme court would simply affirm the correct ruling of the appellate court. but let's be very clear here. there was never any evidence in this case. and whatever evidence was reviewed was considered absent, nonexistent, unreliable, or simply inaccurate. and that has not changed. >> well then why is the supreme court saying there should be a retrial? >>
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Mar 20, 2013 11:35pm PDT
strict one hen one egg law. the next day, back to work making iphones. i think this is from the local affiliate in philadelphia. they don't look like they were fighting. >> the spca are on the scene. they believe 8 to 10 dogs are on the scene. that there's the shadow of the one of the dogs we've been watching. there's both of the dogs we spotted in the backyard right there in the middle of your screen. and you can see there are -- that one dog is -- is changed up right now. 6300 block of norwood street. >> he's a lover not a fighter. >> so the chinese people open the egg and there are two eggs that come out. >> jimmy: sal, sorry to bother you. i'm going to guess american right off the bat because she understood what you were saying, yes? >> wrong again. tell him. >> jimmy: where are you from? do you need medical attention? >> switzerland. >> jimmy: oh, of course. i should have known that. it's on all our knives. there's a nice apple pie. stay there and we'll check back with you. okay, all right, today, by the way, is the first day of spring. the birds are springing, the flowers
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Mar 18, 2013 2:00am PDT
and santa rosa 68, and 69 cal law calistoga. oakland tomorrow, increasing high clouds throughout the day. 67 degrees there. union city 65. and interior east bay, you will look for a mixture of sun and clouds and 70 for brentwood and 69 con card and -- concord. my accu-weather seven-day forecast, dry day on monday. increasing clouds on tuesday. showers developing on tuesday afternoon. it looks wet on tuesday and wednesday. cooler on wednesday, the first day of spring. and then we will warm things up on friday, saturday and sunday. the temperatures inland in the 70s to near 80 degrees. abc7 news has a great weather resource for you. follow at live doppler 7hd for the latest conditions. plus get video forecasts and the power outages and formations from your famous weather team. 4:30 to 7:00 mike will be here with updates. >> tracking that latest system coming in. thanks, leigh. >>> let's turn our attention now to sports. and base bay you will is back in san francisco to -- and baseball is back in san francisco. >> yes, the world baseball classic $7 for parking n the finals at at&t. puer
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Mar 19, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. >> a california patrol officer has received one of the nation's top law enforcement awards for a heroic deed he did last year. officer carlton named a nation's top trooper by international association of police chiefs. the partner of ken onyoung storm who, you may recall was shot and killed by a gunman in alamo in september, 2012. the panel said officer displayed dmurj his attempt to save young storm's live and to keep the public save. >> pomp and pageantry to welcome the 266th poep of the roman catholic church. >> the vatican says 200,000 pilgrims crowded into st. peter ace square. pope francis repeated his themes of humility and selflessness. >> embrace the whofl hue man tismt especial lit poorest, weakest, the least important. >> he is the first noneuropean pope to be elected in 117 years. >> in addition to the sex abuse scandal one of the other challenges facing pope francis will be addressing growing choruses for a greater role for women in the church. tonight a fremont order of nuns has a huge stake in that future. >> like many, the dominican sisters watched as pope francis
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Mar 24, 2013 5:00pm PDT
union laws. >> carolyn will be sitting in court when the supreme court considers prop 8 and the defense of marriage act. her live report begins tuesday here on abc7. >>> san francisco police credit a neighbor's quick thinking in helping to catch a group of suspected vandals in the act. it appears they had just finished the outline of their graffiti when the officers arrived. the man who called police asked us not to give his name. >> they just finished painting it a couple weeks ago, and it's like every other week there's something new up there, and they're constantly having to clean it. >> i think it's important that we're able to catch these offenders and bring them to justice. >> ama: police also told us they discovered 52 cans of spray paint and several markers when officers searched the suspects. suspects include ten adults andup juvenile. some have previous arrests for vandalism. >> survivors or the san bruno pipeline explosion came together today. eight people died. community members work on a mural that was finished last week. today city officials unveiled a plaque of re
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Mar 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, abc 7 news. >> thank you. >> we'll see you later on. a supervisor wants to change a law giving antiabortion advocates freedoms to protest in front of health clinics. an ordinance says they must stay eight feet away. but a quirk let's them protest near the door as long as they stand still. >> the buffer would create space around the front door that a pro testor could not enter. >> they're not going to make us go away. we're here. here to support women. we'll be as close as we can. >> this would keep pro testors 25 feet from the entrance of clinicsline like planned parenthood. >> we have new information about a deadly race car crash over the weekend that killed two people. >> one of them is a teenager. 17-year-old chase jond ondriving a race car that slammed into his 14-year-old cousin marcus johnson and a man with him. wayne freedman is live tonight. everyone is just devastated. >> they are. the school is empty today. it's out for break but the people are devastated. the kmunlt is devastated. the news today from the family they have a feeling whatever went wrong that car had to
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Mar 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
police are investigating whether he could be tied to the high profile murder of another law enforcement official. police identified 28-year-old
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Mar 21, 2013 4:00am PDT
warnt to test it and perhaps even discard it. israeli law forbids plants and trees from other countries entering israel. >>> and then there's this, the president's limo, nickname ed the beast had to be hauled off on the back of a flatbed truck. the secret service says diagnostic tests are still being done to determine why it broke down in jerusalem. the high-tech cadillac is being sent back to the u.s. for more tests. of course, the president is not stranded. he always travels with a spare. >> beast 2. beast 1 and beast 2. >> there you go. >> let's take a look at the weather across the nation. colder than normal in the northeast. flurries from central new jersey to boston and cape cod. snow showers around the great lakes. rain changing from kansas city and memphis. all rain around the south. dallas, shreveport, snow in the rockies and cascades and some showers in the pacific northwest. >> 40s from seattle to billings, 20s for the upper midwest. 40 in new york and 77 in miami. >>> all right, important update here. there was no winning ticket drawn for last night's $260 million
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Mar 21, 2013 11:00pm PDT
the d.a.'s office as well as the f.b.i. to determine if any laws were broken here. >> dan: new at 11:00, a crime spree at u.c. berkeley, a crime wave at bancroft way. since the first of the year, 25 thefts have been reported there. the problem is people don't keep an eye on their stuff. best thing according to police, put your belongings in a locker and lock it away for safekeeping. >> also new at 11:00, the search is on for a fresno mother who abandoned her three-month-old baby as a walmart store. the mother left the baby with a security guard and just left. workers called police who took the child into custody. investigators say the woman was acting erratically when she handed the baby to the guard. good news is the infant is healthy and apparently doing well. >>> tonight a pa9d-year-old preschool teacher accused of trying to drug toddler needed her care is facing criminal charges. prosecutors filed misdemeanor counts of attempted child endangerment and assault against her. a fellow teacher at morgan hill she saw her putting a sleep aid into sippy cups earlier this month. she super
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Mar 25, 2013 3:00am PDT
of 211 crew. law enforcement yet to confirm the connection. the fear, the potential for more attacks from other gang members. the governor's mansion and state capitol have expanded security following the murder. prison gangs are prolific across america. the american correctional association reports, almost 14% of the prison population are involved in gangs. an estimated 200,000 inmates. investigators believe ebel may have been linked to other murders. >> there is physical evidence in the car we want to recover, compare and see if we are on track with the crime scenes in colorado. >>> a law enforcement source says investigators are not convinced that evan ebel acted alone. they're looking into whether he had an accomplice. a public memorial for clements will be later today. >>> police in georgia say a tip helped lead them to the suspected killer of a 13-month-old boy in a stroller. a 17-year-old taken into custody for the murder of antonio santiago. hismotor said the toddler was shot to death during a botched robbery attempt last week. >>> police in southern california are hal
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Mar 21, 2013 6:00pm PDT
require state and local authorities to get a warrant to hand over your e mails. current law says e mails are fair game if they've been opened or more than six months old. saying electronic communications should nobody different which authorities cannot access without a warrant. >> well, hates a throw away anymore the disposable film festival is here to stay and takes place tonight and friday. it's a venue for films made without big budgets. >> sometimes it's an iphone and web cam. what we care about are people making stories with whatever they have on them. >> this year's theme is food and social justice. also helping build a track record of new generations of film makers. >> already, well could you explain your job in just 30 seconds well, dan probably could. just ahead efforts to explain complicated medical research. >> and something new at golden gate bridge. changes picking up speed. >>> here is a live picture of the golden gate bridge traffic moving across that span on a sparkling thursday afternoon. but change is a foot. golden gate bridge officials considering raising the speed li
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Mar 20, 2013 6:00pm PDT
there. if a large earthquake should hit this area. there have been a law since 2005 for landlords with five or more units to notify tentants in writing that their apartment is a soft story. they're required to have an engineer prepare a size nick. >> doft is steep, generally can vary between $5,000 and closer to $30,000. >> and more. now, the berkeley property owner says the cost can run into thousands of dollars and beyond and saying unavailability of rent increases is the biggest problem faced they're unable to pass through some of the costs to residents who are sitting in and occupying some spaces. caught in the middle are tenants if we want to live this n.a building considered to be unsound you can go to our web si. we have posted a link. in berkeley nick smith abc 7 news. >> thank you very much. well, it's the first day of spring. we have showers today around the bay area. umbrellas were out. windshield wipers and live doppler 7 hd looks like we're going to get spring weather. >> it's just going to be delayed by a day. taking a look pretty quiet now. we're not through just yet. as
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Mar 20, 2013 6:00am PDT
landed her in the hospital. she joined her daughter-in-law today to mark the 150th anniversary of the subway station, the tube. the 86-year-old monarch toured a car on the world's oldest underground transit system. she first traveled on the tube in may of 1939, four months after victoria line opened and kate revealed traveling is part of her former life that she misses now she is a royal. >> and now lulu lemon is fighting backs, with 9 company claiming they were made according to the design specifications and the statement is a day after the retailer with several bay area stores recalled the pants because they are "too shear," and the suppliers seas the retailer likely misjudgmented customer taste and wanted to blame it on the supplier. >> forget summer camp for your kids how about catch for adults? >> chances are you may already have looked for a new job even though it is only midweek. jane king? >> good morning, look at data from job sites like glass doors, they found that mondays and tuesdays are the days people are most likely to look for a new job. people are not waiting unti
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Mar 19, 2013 4:00pm PDT
news >>> a california patrol officer received a top law enforcement award for a heroic deed. he was named nation's top trooper by international association of police cheifs. he was the partner of fallen chp officer ken onyoung storm shot and killed in september 2012. carlton returned fire, killing the gunman ux 36-year-old christopher lacey. the panel said officer carlton explained extreme courage. >> there is uncertainty over the future of a palo alto based pharmaceutical company after it's only product has been pulled off the market. they plan to layoff 75% of the work force after the recall of its anemia drug. there are reports several patients died after taking this. a spokesperson says remaining employees will be working on a follow up investigation. the drug hailed a break through in april because it required less frequent dosing. >> shares of high end clothing retailer lulu lemon took a hit after the company pulled a brand of yoga pants off store shelves because they can be see through. shares dropped 6% today. lulu lemon expects to take the loss of the product making up 17%
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Mar 24, 2013 9:00am PDT
believe it, is that same-sex couple should be afforded equal status under the law. >> both agree the debate over same-sex marriage is likely to continue just of no matter what the high court decides, just as it has on the issue of abortion. >>>. new this morning. symphony will drop their fight with management today and pick up their instruments to perform a on certificate. the musicians want more money and have been negotiating a new contract for eight months now. this afternoon at 2:00 they will perform for kids at the san francisco's davies symphony hall. the musicians decided to do so because of their work as mentors. >>> theplex moratorium has always been hands on, but now they are taking it a step further. >> all we do is touch our hands together and it makes a musical note. >> next, an exclusive inside look at how they are tinkering with the whole exploratorium experience. and taking a live look outside at 9:38 this morning. this is the view from damage cam. there are some low clouds at the coast this morning, but it's going to be a nice day. enjoy it while you can. things will
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Mar 24, 2013 2:00am PDT
was murdered when he came to defend his mother-in-law. the woman was unloading her car when someone tried to rob her. an unidentified 33-year-old man was shot when he tried to help her. police are looking for two suspects, possibly a man and a woman, who drove away in a dark colored see dan. >> new details about an officer-involved shooting that wounded a castro valley man. the 49-year-old parolee was shot after pointing what looked to be a rifle at alameda county sheriff's deputies. deputies now say the gun was fake, made of wood. you can see it in our video here. the incident began last night when his family called 9-1-1 to report he was acting erratically. deputies say he also called 9-1-1 and threatened to kill deputies when they arrived. >> oakland city officials are continuing their community outreach to help fight crime today was the fifth in a series of town hall meetings. at the memorial cathedral on telegraph of newsom city leaders listened to the residents and posed questions of their own. the chief says it's an effort to partner with the people in oakland. >> reaching ou
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Mar 25, 2013 6:00am PDT
virginia lawmakers likes the glasses but says the state has worked hard on a no texting and driving law. >> the crackdown begins next week on texting and using your phone. you have been warned. >> we have our sunglasses. do we need them? >> not the whole day. poor visibility in parts of the north bay and live doppler 7 hd not picking up rain drops today, but tomorrow possibly a few sprinkles and wins, just in the north bay but most of you see nothing and a few extra clouds with some sun. we look outside, you can see a little bit of high level clouds and the numbers have dropped in the north bay, at 39 in napa but 50 in hayward, with 42 in los gatos. this shot, downtown, you can see a few clouds and coastal clouds and yesterday that breeze kicked up. so numbers trended cooler with the 50's parts of the coast and 59 downtown. 50 in oakland with mid-40's and half moon bay and san jose. so the changes are in store with the fog to start out, partly cloudy this afternoon, and the cooler air mass transporting in throughout the bay area today, that will take us through the middle of the week an
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Mar 24, 2013 8:00am PDT
this point in life, think about pursuing what your passion would be. when i was in high school and law school, i thought about entering into the priesthood the jesuits then, i had an opportunity to reassess where i was, and go deeper into my sense of values. >> he calls it a blessing, alexandra, you describe him as a broken man, and what a rich story, to show how a broken man seeks redemption. >> everyone deserves a second act. everybody deserves redemption. we all have made mistakes that we're not proud of. we all think in this time of year it's good to talk about getting forgiveness about our sins. >> it wasn't easy to convince him to do this? >> no, he never really wanted me around. the first time i met him and his partner, i would like to make a movie about you, they said, please go away, no. but here we are, two years later. >> exactly. what was so special alexandra was the trust that she incurred with the women. we took a vote. do we want to continue this? alexandra and the handheld camera was in their faces. as they talked about the most difficult aspects of their lives. she giv
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Mar 25, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. >> it is up to the supreme court to make it the law of the land you can't discriminate in the area of marriage. >> u.s. solicitor general will have a final 10 minutes or och sigs. he represents the president and will likely be asked about mr. obama's shift to support same-sex marriage. a key justice to watch will be justice anthony ken neddy. he has been a strong degrernd of gay rights and a champion of state ri.s he could be the swing vote. the court could dismiss the case for want of standing which would allow same-sex marriages in california. the court could rule prop 8 is unconstitutional, it could threaten similar bans in other states or could leave prop 8 in place ruling states have the right to decide for themselves. the 9th circuits decision states voters didn't have the right to take away the freedom california supreme court already granted. coming up at 6:00 state attorney general will weigh in along with one of the berkeley women who is one of the plaintiffs in this case. a quick correction. i said prop 8 vote was 2004. it was 2008. on california voters ban same-sex marr
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Mar 23, 2013 12:35am PDT
, "glock -- the rise of america's gun" shootouts on the set of "law & order" were featuring this austrian import. >> some of the american companies will want to know will our guns be in the hands of good guys or bad guys. glock just said go ahead and put it in the movie. we don't care. >> that's a porcelain gun made in germany. it costs more than you make in a month. >> almost every part of that speech in "die hard 2" is factually wrong, but when there were fears that an undetectable gun could show up in america, sales skyrocketed. barrett said glock saw an opportunity. >> when the law was enacted, it was enacted with a grandfather clause, meaning everything that existed before the day of enactment was still illegal. this left glock with a huge supply of prebanned equipment that was still legal to sell, which the company then dribbled out over time. and the dark glamour of the glock, you know, went up. because gun aficionados resented the resfrings that's the gun they don't want me to have, i want two of them. >> thanks to a perfectly legal trade-in program, glock is able to resell used p
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Mar 26, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. >> thank you. >> this is a fascinating most in history. >> we're joined now but a law professor at santa clara university. thanks for joining us today. >> thank you for having me. >> what did you find most interesting about arguments today? >> this is interesting is that several justices indicate that had perhaps the court should not have taken this case in the first place. >> how so? what gave you that sense? >> a few times justice kenneed yedy asked the question perhaps we shouldn't have taken. several other justices including roberts and ginzberg grilled both attorneys as to whether parties presenting arguments in favor of proposition 8 should have legal standings, eligibility to be in court. >> is there predicted value? any questions heard today? >> it's always difficult to try to read tea leaves with the court. one thing that appears certain is that it's going to be hard for there to be five votes for any position seemed like all positions were highly contested. if there is one position that started to have perhaps four or five justices it's likely the position courts should not be
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Mar 20, 2013 4:30am PDT
tempting. traffic officers from law enforcement agencies throughout san mateo county are taking part. officers issued more than 200 citations during a similar crackdown early this year. >> it appears many of us are willing to pay for a faster commute. revenue from bay area toll lanes are higher than projected. they allow solo drivers to pay a fee and jump if lanes normally reserved for car poolers. our media partner reports that toll lane revenue on highway 237 is more than 50 percent above projection. the toll users save 5 minutes to 20 minutes compared to other drivers. southbound interstate 680 is bringing up more toll revenue than expected at 33 percent higher on the sue -- sunol grid. time is money, as they say. >> indeed. this morning, time -- you will need extra to get to work. >> is that right, mike? >> from sheas to sausalito we have light rain. this is moving to the east. american canyon, napa, sonoma, you will get wet again. you can see this crosses over into san francisco right along near at&t park and headed down to the south and over near oakland and 7th. right now we h
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Mar 24, 2013 5:30pm PDT
crew. law enforcement have yet to publicly confirm the connection. the fear tonight -- the potential for more attacks from other gang members. abc news has learned the colorado state prisons have been put on a modified lockdown, as a security precaution until at least monday. the governor's mansion and state capitol have expanded security, following the murder. prison gangs are prolific across america. the american correctional association reports almost 14% of the prison population are involved in gangs. an estimated 200,000 inmates. investigators believe ebel may be linked to other murders. >> there's physical evidence in that car we want to try to recover and then compare to see whether or not we are on track at the crime scenes in colorado. >> reporter: a law enforcement source says they are not convinced that evan ebel acted alone, they are looking into whether he had an accomplice. a public memorial is scheduled tomorrow for clement. david? >> reena ninan in washington tonight. thank you. >>> in our nation's capital, the line is already growing outside the supreme court, as the
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Mar 24, 2013 11:00pm PDT
the room she booked for her in-laws. lee's parents could not get on board. >> what will we do? my in laws don't speak english and they don't drive. >> she couldn't leave them stranded in long beach, but there were no rooms available. so she did the only she could. >> i gave up my room to my in laws. >> linda and le expe their son watched -- and their son watched as the ship sailed away without them. the whole point of the cruise was left standing on shore. >> the trip was ruined. nobody could enjoy themselves because the star of the show wasn't there. >> what was worse this their luggage couldn't be retrieved and sailed off with the ship. y. >> i had nothing but the clothes on my back. >> they waited seven days in los angeles waiting for the ship to return and blakeing the -- and making the most of their time at home. >> she later found out carnival had mistakenly canceled the reservation. it happened when carnival was correcting the spelling of her mother-in-law's middle name. linda paid for that room and she she wanted her money back. >> they said it was coming in the mail and i di
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Mar 22, 2013 4:00am PDT
advocates of stricter gun control laws. senate majority leader harry reid says gun legislation that will be debated next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers. that came after vice president biden's trip to new york city where he called for tougher gun laws after a meeting with parents of children killed in the newtown massacre. we've now learned that one of the children's parents have met with the father of the gunman adam lanza in an effort to bring some closure to the tragedy. >>> the new budget deal just passed by congress last night appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut saturday service to save money should proceed. others say a provision in the bill mandates six-day delivery. >>> faced with a billion dollar deficit, dozens of elementary schools in chicago are being closed. officials claim most of the 54 elementary schools to be shut down are half empty anyway. but opponents say these closures mostly in poor and black areas will further erode neighborhood
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Mar 20, 2013 5:00am PDT
abuse. the assembly woman says the legislation is needed to shore up gaps in the country law. last year, former san jose principal was convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse. one of the bills requires districts to make clear that teachers report this as part of responsibility and administrators must review the policies and allow 9 school districts to remove immediately teachers wered is of child abuse and dismiss them at any point. >> another marine has died from a mortar shell explosion in nevada desert. mourners held a visible ill last -- vigil last night to honor the marines killed in a training exercise. six are in a reno hospital, from camp lejeune, north carolina, training for night warfare. >> every loss of life is heartbreaking. whether it occurs in afghanistan, hawthorne, or camp lejeune. ought marine corps has suspended the use of the mortars until the investigation is finished. the defense department will release the names and hometowns of the fallen marines today. >> new information in monday night's fatal shooting a car theft suspect by san jose plus. the
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Mar 21, 2013 5:00am PDT
. it has been a law since 2005 requiring landlords with five on more units to notify tenants about the danger but the city says many just not moving fast enough. they have canvassed the neighborhoods warning tenants their buildings may not be safe. >> the buildings are built to be earthquake safe but now that i know i am not... >> at any moment the tons of concrete could crush me and kill thousands of people. we are stuck in a bureaucratic maze going nowhere. >> the committee is scheduled to most later today and will talk about the seismic retrofitting and how to jump start the process. if you would like to know more of the status of your home or apartment, go to our website at abc7news.com where we have some information. >> thank you, cornell. happening now, rebound is in the west bank this morning meeting with palestinian leaders trying to restart peace talks on that side after efforts in israel as new violence breaks out, and katie marzullo is live in the newsroom with new interviews or new sound bites. >> the president is answering questions at the end of the news conference an
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Mar 25, 2013 5:30pm PDT
confirmed. >> reporter: law enforcement sources say they expect he also killed a pizza delivery man to use his uniform as a disguise as he approached clements' home. ebel was a member of the 211 crew. abc news has learned tom clements thought the gang was too strong and to break it up, he ordered members sent to different institutions. investigators are now interviewing inmates to see if the gang ordered a hit on clements. in recent years, experts say all tra violent white supremacist gangs, like the 211 crew and the arian brotherhood, the subject of this national geographic investigation, have expanded their criminal enterprises outside the prison walls, selling drugs and running guns, all directed from behind bars. >> they devised all kinds of codes. the letter may look benign, but it's directing a hit or some other criminal activity. >> reporter: still, experts say it's extremely rare for prison gangs to kill top officials, because to do so, means all out war. tonight war may well be what the 211 crew has on its hands. dan harris, abc news, new york. >>> we turn now to a troublin
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Mar 25, 2013 5:00am PDT
that this is what the survivors want, this is what the public wants. >> it slows down the law-abiding and does nothing to anyone else. >> the senate bill includes expanding background check for all gun purchases and tougher penalties for gun trafficking and more money for school safety and does not include a ban on assault-styled weapons. >> this ad from mayors against illegal guns on the air in 13 states, wants voter to make their voices heard adding pressure on key republicans and democrats to get on board. >> that is why i support comprehensive background checks. so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill cannot buy guns. >> 90 percent of americans in the latest washington post/abc news poll support universal checks but advocates for gun owners say they will not solve the problem. >> this is prompted by the sandy hook elementary school. those guns were legally riched with a background check. worst not solve that. the n.r.a. wants do improve the current system and enforce laws already on the books. >> members of congress are back in their home districts for the next two weeks on
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Mar 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
101 still closed with a backup building as the commute kicks into high gear leading law the waldo tunnel but they will keep the lanes closed to check for the hillside stability with wrongs coming down when cornell was doing the last live shot. the two left lanes are closed so there is a backup because of the boulders falling on 101. >> pepsi has a new shape for the 20-ounce bolts featureing a contour bottom easier to hold. the label is shorter so you can see more of the drink, this is the first change for the bottle shape in 17 years. the new bottles go into production next month but it will take a while for them to show up on the shelves. >> the lulu lemon yoga pants story continues. the head of the retailer says they do not know why they came toeshoe, according to the chief executive, the recall pants passed quality assurance tests and they now are taking steps to improve salt control after recalling the pants. lulu lemon estimates losing revenue between $57 to $67 million for this year. >> beyonce will show off new threads, starting a new partnership with clothing retailer h&m
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Mar 20, 2013 4:00pm PDT
. microsoft says it's working with law enforcement and other companies to prevent similar attacks. cheryl, larry, back to you. >> emily, thank you. >> you know taxes are due in less than a month. yikes. factor in changes can be confusing and you may have some questions about all of those number autos michael finney is here. and michael you do this every year. >> we do. so happy to be able to. have you done your taxes yet? >> well... >> maybe. okay. well then, i have a telephone number for you. you can call that any watching can call that. and we'll try to answer your personal tax questions right now. if you've sent in your taxes you may have a question about when you're going to be paid jesse weller is with the irs. you can track that? >> yes. you can. since three quarters of people get a refund, we're getting lots of refund inquiries on the telephone. we want people to know they can track their refund using a tool online at irs.gov web site called where is my refund. you only need to check it once per day. the irs updates once a day f you go to irs.gov it's on the home page. it can tell
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Mar 24, 2013 5:00am PDT
defend his mother-in-law. the wnman was unloading her car on arbor way around 9:30 when someone tried to rob her. her 33-year-old son-in-law was shot while trying to help her. police are looking for two suspects, possibly a man and woman who drove away in a dark-colored sedan. >> for the second time this month santa clara county paid cash for weapons. a gun buy back was held yesterday morning at an airport in san jose. people lined up early and turned in guns they no longer wanted and got cash. >>ner use it. but i didn't want to take that chance getting angry and using it. so it's a good time to turn it in and make a profit. >> whereas last year we finally reached the level of twelve guns, this year we've now gone over 500 guns. just in this event alone. >> $100 was given forehand guns and rifles. $200 for assault-type weapons. more than 1100 weapons were turned in at the buy back three weeks ago. >>> also new this morning a mural memorializing the victims of the 2010 san brunette to no gas explosion victims is finished ask it will be dedicated today. the wall at bethany presbyterian chu
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Mar 18, 2013 11:00am PDT
51-year-old has play add leading role in challenging voter i.d. laws in texas and south carolina. he has support from the labor and latino communities but some republican critics in congress are expected to oppose his confirmation. if confirmed he would be one of the highest ranking hispanics in government. >> pope francis is gearing up for the first official mastectomy at st. peter's square with the first audience today with the visiting head of state, a president with whom he has clashed over a socially liberal policies. >> pope francis has charmed the faithful from the humility. speaking to 150,000 at st. peter's square off the cuff. with the first south american pope he cannot escape the past. he cigaretted -- greeted the president of argentina. in the past they have been at crossroads over the dirty war between 1976 and 19839 military dictatorship killed and torture up to 30,000 people. the church is accuses of complicit in the crimes. >> abc was told that francis had the power to save his family and he refused. human rights campaigners accusebergbergberg of letting two of h
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Mar 26, 2013 4:30am PDT
sex offer fender is in trouble with the law after a teenager says he followed her home. the 59-year-old alton watson is on parole for assault, and a again-year-old noticed a man following her and he was standing outside her home. the parents call police and officers located the man and identified him. he faces charges of molesting a child. >> san jose police are still trying to find the person who stole a car with a baby need. it triggers a state-wide amber alert. the 11-month-old gabriella quintera is home, safe, with her mother this morning after a frightening ordeal that lasted hours yesterday. abc7 news reporter has the latest. >> graciela thanked the community. her daughter, gabriella quintera, was the subject of an amber alert and the baby was found. >> my baby is okay, thank god and i was happy to have her with me. i want to say to everyone, thank you, thank you. ought nightmare began at 6:45 am when graciela saw someone driving away with the baby in the jeep when she left the car running. investigators do not know who was behind the wheel but it could have been the same pers
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Mar 18, 2013 6:00pm PDT
because it's a question of... the law. >> some people who are saying this ignored the fact that the blend add approach is commonly used throughout the world. >> no one knows where remaining $55 billion will come from to finish the project. >> bart conducting an experiment allowing bikes on board during morning and evening commute hours, bicycles okay in all trains with just restrictions. abc 7 news has been riding bart this afternoon. there will be a bit of a delay here, have you seen problems? >> folks have been bringing bikes on bart this evening when nornlly when bicycles would be allowed. bart has been toying with the idea of allowing bikes. in august, the test is on fridays allowing people to bring bikes on during peak commute times and decided the -- they needed to do more tests f you look you can see there is someone bringing a bicycle in. going to take that bike down stairs of course because they're not allowed on escalators. this is what you're going to be seeing more of. bart decided to do a test on every day of the week because fridays were slow. after doing a survey duri
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Mar 20, 2013 5:30pm PDT
comes on the same day colorado's governor signed some of the toughest new gun laws in the country. >> he dedicated his life to being a public servant, to making our state better, to making the world a better place. and he is going to be deeply, deeply missed. >> reporter: tonight investigators are here in the clements' neighborhood, trying to find a woman who was speed-walking last night around the time of the crime. she may be the only witness. but with no suspects, police are now beefing up security, both at the state capital and the governor's mansion. >> thank you, clayton. as you said, there are hundreds of police who will continue the search throughout this night. >>> now we turn overseas because right now president obama is in israel, his first trip there as president, and this is the message he is sending. the united states will stand with israel to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. abc's jonathan karl in jerusalem. >> reporter: the president arrived in israel in a good mood -- an open mike capturing his banter with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> i
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Mar 23, 2013 11:00pm PDT
defend his mother-in-law. the woman was unloading her car when someone tried to rob her. an unidentified 33-year-old man was shot when he tried to help her. police are looking for two suspects, possibly a man and a woman, who drove away in a dark colored see dan. >> new details about an officer-involved shooting that wounded a castro valley man. the 49-year-old parolee was shot after pointing what looked to be a rifle at alameda county sheriff's deputies. deputies now say the gun was fake, made of wood. you can see it in our video here. the incident began last night when his family called 9-1-1 to report he was acting erratically. deputies say he also called 9-1-1 and threatened to kill deputies when they arrived. >> oakland city officials are continuing their community outreach to help fight crime today was the fifth in a series of town hall meetings. at the memorial cathedral on telegraph of newsom city leaders listened to the residents and posed questions of their own. the chief says it's an effort to partner with the people in oakland. >> reaching out to the community, h
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Mar 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
will now investigate whether any students or school officials broke the law by not speaking up after two high school football players sexually assaulted a girl at a party. the victim was too drunk to remember but pieced it together after looking at tweets and looking at pictures online. the two boys from steubenville were convicted sunday and will serve at least one year in a juvenile prison. >>> and a major civil rights trial starts in new york. at issue is, whether the stop and frisk law unfairly target minorities? officers are allowed to stop, question, and sometimes frisk people on the street. city officials say it's helped dramatically reduce gun violence. >>> and a quiet indiana street in is shambles this morning after a private jet came crashing down. the corporate jet hit two homes in south bend, indiana, before becoming lodged in a third home. the pilot had reported electrical problems. >>> hundreds of people evacuated in eastern tennessee this morning after a wildfire erupts and destroys dozens of homes in great smoky mountains national park. helicopters are being brought i
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Mar 21, 2013 1:40am PDT
: clemmons' murder came on the same day colorado's governor signed some of the toughest new gun laws in the country. >> tom clemmons dedicated his live to being a public servant to making our state better to making the world a better place. and he is going to be deeply, deeply missed. >> reporter: right now investigators are here in the clemmons' neighborhood trying to find a woman who was speed walking at the time of the crime. she may be the only witness. e sal at e the only witness. clayt, abns, >>> ovas ni ne mit ass ni ne prem vie region. the reports coming in the president is pred wit as this hapwo r have been fired from gaza into the southern part of israel. the southeets e t of israel. n an fid isr ismisigto rette >>> a rape case at ho involving a high school footbal ticu sexual assault and cimes cases invo 13-- similar to the case in ohioone of the accusers has n ut o >>> stunning video from an incident on a school bus in tampa last fall. you see the-ye woman, stephanie w her back to the survllan camera. then seen kicking a special needs child down the steps of the bus. the
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